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At tonight’s cabaret show you might do well to imagine yourself among a cast of turn-of-the-century Berlin lowlifes—drunks, pickpockets, ladies of the evening, thuggish sailors, saloon dancers, and shifty-eyed swindlers—and dress accordingly. You’d better, or the Tiger Lillies might take you for a lost child of the bourgeoisie and earnestly devour you. The unusual London trio, led by singer and accordionist Martyn Jacques, play a rude, bizarre style of cabaret and gypsy music. Jacques spent many years living above a strip bar in Soho, gathering his own twisted Dickensian tales and honing his castrato-like voice. Weill and Brecht would surely raise a glass to the band’s brief operas of bohemians and vagabonds. D.C.’s Tarot Bolero has evolved a cabaret act of its own, and its former drummer is now its frontman. Besides a new album of “eerie circus ballads” called Vaudeville Rising on Ace-Fu Records, a 47-date U.S. tour, and an imminent move to New York City, the six-piece group is talking to the infamous Kenneth Anger about doing a video. At 8:30 p.m. at the Black Cat, 1831 14th St. NW. $7. (202) 667-7960. (John Dugan)